Katao Tourism & Travel Guide

Katao is located in North Sikkim (India) and is about 144 kilometers from Gangtok. Katao Valley is perched at an elevation of almost 15000 and is far from the center of Sikkim. With the mesmerizing view of snow topped peaks of the Himalayas, it is an opponent to the much looked for after Yumthang in beauty.The trek to Katao is not in the standard bundles of North Sikkim or Lachung visit. Visitor needs to visit the spot at a supplement cost. One needs to stay at Lachung on the earlier night. The next morning Yumthang Valley and Katao can be reached but a stay at Lachung is essential. Foundation is poor because of the zone's remoteness. Voter ID card/Driving License/Similar ID card is needed along with 4 passport size photo for applying for permit. It is recommended to visit in groups, by which you will manage to hire a tour operator easily.
Best time to visit


Summer (March - June) Katao is situated in North-Sikkim, summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

Read more >
Budget

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 700
For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day
For Luxury Travellers: INR 3500 and upwards

Read more >

Trips and Itineraries for Katao

Katao, 'The Switzerland of Sikkim', as it is called, truly lives up to its name....

View more comments...

Our Route Darjeeling -> Sikkim - Gangtok -> Mangan -> Lachen -> Gurudongmar-> Lachen -> Lachung -> Yumthang -> Yumsodam -> Lachung-> Mangan -> Siliguri -> Guwahati -> Shillong -> Cherapunjee -> Guwahati -> Jalpeguri -> Bangalore....

View more comments...


Weekend Getaways from Katao  

Best time to visit - October- April
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.

Best Time to Visit Katao

 

Peak Season: Summer (March - June) Katao is situated in North-Sikkim, summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather is perfect for sightseeing.

Shoulder Season: Monsoon (July - September) The monsoons, though not ideal, are a good time to visit North-Sikkim.

Off-Season: Winter (November- February) This is the perfect time for skiing and skateboarding in the Katao valley as many enthusiast visit during this period.


Budget for Katao

Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 500 - 700

  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 150
  • Public Transport in buses and auto rickshaws: INR 15 - 80
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50.

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 800 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 250 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 200 - 400
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards.

For Luxury Travellers: INR 3500 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3500 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards.


Katao

How To Reach Katao

Book Katao Tour Package

Your Enquiry has been sent successfully